Britain and the US are breathing nervous sighs of relief at news that a major bomb plot targeting passenger planes has been foiled. Police in the UK say the plan was to detonate explosives smuggled in hand luggage when the aircraft were mid-flight. It is believed that as many as 10 planes could have been targeted to be possibly blown up over UK and US cities.
Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner, Paul Stephenson: “We cannot stress too highly the severity this plot represented. Put simply this was intended to be mass murder on an unimaginable scale.”
Britain’s security threat has been raised to critical – its highest level. Sources say the attack was planned for the next few days. The news has caused severe chaos at airports across Britain with a high number of flights in and out of the country cancelled or severely delayed.
In an unprecedented security measure passengers are now banned from carrying all hand luggage on board. It is thought the plot involved a liquid chemical explosive which could be missed during x-ray screening.